Practice Eligibility Route - AFC

The Practice Eligibility Route for Areas of Focused Competence (PER-AFC) is designed for specialists who have acquired the competencies of a Royal College AFC discipline through professional practice and who wish to have their competencies recognized with the AFC credential.

The practice route is intended for specialists in practice who have not completed an accredited AFC training program.

Am I eligible?

A physician is eligible to apply for the credential through PER-AFC if they meet the minimum time in practice and the eligibility requirements outlined in the discipline-specific Competency Training Requirements (CTR), as determined by the AFC committee. The minimum time in practice varies by discipline but is set at a minimum of 2 years by the Royal College.

View the application process (accessible version)

How do I apply?

PER-AFC is an application-based process that assesses whether an applicant has the required competencies of the AFC discipline. Applications consist of a discipline-specific scope of practice form to be submitted along with one’s CV and list of references. References will be contacted by the Royal College and asked to attest to the abilities of the applicant via a Multi-Source Feedback form. The number of references required varies by discipline and will be between 5 and 8.

The Credentials Unit facilitates the review of all submitted applications by the discipline-specific assessor(s). Applicants will receive notification from the Royal College on the assessment decision. If deemed eligible for the credential, the applicant will be invited by the Royal College to have their credential recognized by becoming a Diplomate (DRCPSC).

The application fee for PER-AFC of $1950. If the applicant is deemed eligible and wishes to have their credential recognized by the Royal College, the annual fee to maintain the credential is $250.

Areas of Focused Competence with a Practice Eligibility Route include:

  • Cytopathology (opened Aug. 15, 2021)
  • Brachytherapy (opened July 14, 2021)
  • Pediatric Urology (May 26, 2021)
  • Clinician Educator (opened March 26, 2021)
  • Hyperbaric Medicine (opened March 18, 2021)
  • Pre-Hospital and Transport Medicine (opened February 9, 2021)
  • Sleep Disorder Medicine (opened February 4, 2021)

If you are interested in applying – please email diplomas@royalcollege.ca and indicate which AFC you are interested in applying for. The Royal College will respond to you with the application document.